1979 in film

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1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
In television
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1979
1980
1981
1982

The year 1979 in film involved many significant events.

Highest grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

The top ten 1979 released films by North American gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1979
Rank Title Studio Gross
1. Kramer vs. Kramer Columbia Pictures $106,260,000[1]
2. The Amityville Horror American International Pictures $86,432,520[2]
3. Rocky II United Artists Pictures $85,182,160[3]
4. Apocalypse Now United Artists Pictures $83,471,511[4]
5. Star Trek: The Motion Picture Paramount Pictures $82,258,456[5]
6. Alien 20th Century Fox Film Corporation $80,931,801[6]
7. 10 Warner Bros. Pictures $74,865,517[7]
8. The Jerk Universal Studios $73,691,419[8]
9. Moonraker United Artists Pictures $70,308,099[9]
10. The Muppet Movie Associated Film Distribution $65,200,000[10]

Major events[edit]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer - Jaffe, Columbia
Best Director: Robert Benton - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas - Being There
Best Foreign Language Film: The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Breaking Away
Best Actor: Peter Sellers - Being There
Best Actress: Bette Midler - The Rose
Other
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now
Best Foreign Language Film: La Cage aux Folles (France)

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, United States
The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

David, directed by Peter Lilienthal, West Germany

Notable films released in 1979[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

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1979 film releases[edit]

Births[edit]

Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 16 Peter Butterworth 59 UK Actor, Writer
16 Ted Cassidy 46 USA Actor
25 Dick Crockett 63 USA Stuntman, Actor, Producer
February 12 Jean Renoir 84 USA Director, Writer, Actor
17 William Gargan 73 USA Actor
March 1 Dolores Costello 75 USA Actress
2 Edith Craig 71 USA Actress
6 John Robinson 70 UK Actor
19 John Tate 64 UK Actor Invasion
22 Ben Lyon 78 USA Actor, Writer
April 4 Edgar Buchanan 76 USA Actor
6 Norman Tokar 59 USA Director
10 Nino Rota 67 Italy Composer
May 26 George Brent 80 USA Actor
29 Mary Pickford 87 USA Actress, Producer, Writer
June 2 Larisa Shepitko 41 Soviet Union Director
2 Jim Hutton 45 USA Actor
6 Jack Haley 80 USA Actor
11 John Wayne 72 USA Actor, Producer, Director
14 David Butler 84 USA Director
16 Nicholas Ray 67 USA Director, Writer, Actor
21 Julian Orchard 49 UK Actor, Writer
July 8 Michael Wilding 66 UK Actor, Producer
25 Eric Pohlmann 66 Germany Actor
28 George Seaton 68 USA Director
31 Beatrix Lehmann 76 UK Actress The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
August ?? Betty Henderson 72 UK Actress
10 Dick Foran 69 USA Actor
17 Vivian Vance 70 USA Actress
21 Stuart Heisler 82 USA Director
30 Jean Seberg 40 USA Actress
September 2 Felix Aylmer 90 UK Actor
12 Jocelyne LaGarde 54 Tahiti Actress Hawaii
22 Frederick Piper 76 UK Actor
23 Catherine Lacey 75 UK Actress
26 Arthur Hunnicutt 69 USA Actor
October 15 Geoffrey Moon  ??  ?? Actor
17 John Stuart 81 UK Actor
30 Graham Ashley 52 UK Actor
November 2 Saro Urzì 66 Italy Actor
8 Sydney Tafler 63 UK Actor
11 Dimitri Tiomkin 85 Russia Composer
20 Michael Darbyshire 62 UK Actor, Writer
23 Merle Oberon 68 USA Actress, Producer
30 Joyce Grenfell 69 UK Actress
30 Zeppo Marx 64 USA Actor, Director
December 5 Jesse Pearson 49 USA Actor Bye Bye Birdie
10 Ann Dvorak 68 USA Actress
12 Jon Hall 64 USA Actor, Director
23 Ernest B. Schoedsack 86 USA Director, Cinematographer, Producer
24 Michael Collins 58 Canada Actor
25 Lee Bowman 79 USA Actor
25 Joan Blondell 73 USA Actress

Debuts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box Office Information for Kramer vs. Kramer". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Box Office Information for The Amityville Horror". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Box Office Information for Rocky II". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Box Office Information for Apocalypse Now". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Box Office Information for Star Trek: The Motion Picture". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Box Office Information for Alien". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Box Office Information for 10". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Box Office Information for The Jerk". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Box Office Information for Moonraker". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 31 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Muppet Movie". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 7, 2014.